What's the difference?
It's fascinating to think about the difference between a high-functioning college freshman and one who, on the other hand, is struggling. Or the difference between an effective middle-level manager and one who is more "average" Or the difference between humans and the next highest-functioning mammal (a boxer puppy) or lower forms of animal life (like poodles).
In many cases, those differences are: the ability to choose, plan, sequence, delay gratification, and break down
Your smartphone’s navigator is a fine way to get from point
A to point B, but did you know it’s also a great way to know when
Let’s say you want to arrive someplace by 3:30. Enter your destination in the navigator app,
and notice the “time to destination” feature.
If you toggle it (just poke around at it) it can also tell you what time
you’d arrive it you were to leave right now.
So if the navigator suggests you’d arrive at 2:45 if you
left right now, you know that you can easily hit your 3:30 target. Leave the app running and check in with it
over the next 15-30 minutes. The app
will update according to changing traffic conditions and recalculate arrival
time. As that arrival time approaches
3:30, you know it’s time to get moving.
You might have noticed a recentmeta-analysis
calling into question the carryover benefits of working memory training. Pearson (distributor of the CogMed program) responded thoughtfully to that reviewhere
Now, if you're a parent or clinician or ADHD coach you're probably interested in following this conversation. And you might also be interested in trying out the brain trainings yourself! Then-back
protocol is a demanding working memory task that requires you to indicate whether the current stimulus matches a previous one (a stimulus that was presented 1-back or 2-back).
In a recent letter to the editor of the New York Times, aVanderbilt
psychology instructor suggests that we simply "face up to the fact " that ADHD is not a "hard wired" condition (he was responding to a previous Timesarticle
If you've attended the ADHDworkshop
, or are familiar with the condition, check outhis letter
and see whether you can spot the errors before reading any further......
Okay, what'd you notice? For example:
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If you're 95 years old you'll probably enjoy the "switchboard" metaphor inthis summary
of a recentinvestigation
by Princeton scientists into the role of thepulvinar
in attentional selection and regulation.
Even more recently, results ofan investigation
were posted at NYU's "information for practice" site which suggest pulvinar differences between ADHD and non-ADHD children. And these differences were related to visual attention.
Because it's difficult to create a mental picture of the pulvinar (it's a thalamic nucleus), I think I'll stick with the switchboard image.
Well ... not so fast. As pediatricianPerri Klass
pointed out in aNew York Times piece
last week, this concern that the next generation is damaged or lazy seems to be a recurring theme.
It might help to look back to a 12-year longitudinal investigation published in 2011 which investigated the relationship of various parenting style
s with various developmental trajectories.
I ran across a couple of interesting articles today on the relationship between video games and ADHD. An article at Child Mind Institute's site asks a question I frequently hear atworkshops,
"Do video games cause ADHD?" In brief, the article cites specialists who say that , no, video games don't actually cause a brain-based attentional disorder.
This summer I've had the pleasure of guesting on Attention Talk Radio not once but three times. In these three conversations withJeff Copper
I found that we were able to quickly dig down into some of the most important information for anyone living with ADHD or anyone who parents or loves someone with attentional/organizational challenges.
Here are links to those podcasty conversations:
Check out this Attention Talk Radio
interview and learn how to do intimate, person-specific "strategic behavioral inquiry" (By the way, that mnemonic stands for "
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